By Mark Knapke, Park Manager
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has a new park ranger. Our new ranger took the ranger position vacated by Dennis Maulding who recently retired.
Lance Kelly a native Floridian was raised in Tallahassee and has enjoy visiting Florida’s state parks his entire life. An avid outdoorsman he enjoys natural environments and likes to fish and hunt. Lance studied various fields in school and worked several different jobs along the way.
He found his calling in 2012 taking a seasonal ranger position at the Orman House State Park in Apalachicola.
With his seasonal experience at the Orman House State Park, his education, employment history and various skills; Lance Kelly had the best knowledge, skills and abilities of the candidates which applied for the park ranger position at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.
Lance started work May 1 as the new park ranger at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. He really seems to fit in at the park and is doing a good job.
Lance has found he really enjoys the diversity of the job and likes working at the beach. He enjoys meeting new people at the park and likes those he works with. Lance looks forward to a career in the Florida State Parks and we hope he stays at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park a good portion of his career.